Pakistan Vs Hong Kong: Pakistan Have A Big Advantage In All Departments


Predicted XI

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali/Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahnawaz Dahani, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah

Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan (c), Yasim Murtaza, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Zeeshan Ali, Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Ayush Shukla

Pakistan vs Hong Kong Prediction

Pakistan Look To Gain Form and Super 4 Spot Against Inexperienced Hong Kong

Pakistan and Hong Kong will meet in the final fixture of Group A which also happens to be a direct shootout for a Super 4 spot. Both teams are currently coming off losses and will be meeting at Sharjah Cricket stadium on Friday.

Pakistan lost to arch-rivals India in the first round of the tournament. Bhuvneshwar Kul and Hardik Pandya combined scored 7 wickets for Pakistan’s batting lineup. Mohammad Rizwan occupied the crease but struggled to change the gears, eventually getting dismissed for 43 off 42. Haris Rauf (13 off 7) and Shahnawaz Dahani (16 off 6) were able to push the total to 147.

Naseem Shaikh landed an early hit before Mohammad Nawaz took a few wickets. Pakistan were then outplayed by Hardik who smashed 33 not out in 17 balls. Nawaz was defeated by Hardik, an Indian all-rounder.

Hong Kong were strong against India, having passed qualifiers. Eventually they ended up losing by 40 runs. Their bowlers kept the Indian top order in check but Suryakumar Yadav smashed them to all parts with 68off 26. Hong Kong scored 51 runs in the powerplay but could not keep up with the rate. Babar Hayat top scored 41 off 35 while Kinchit Shah and Zeeshan Ali also put up some resistance.

Team News Pakistan are without Shaheen Asifidi or Mohammad Wasim due to injuries. In the opening game, Shahnawaz Dahani and Haris Rauf were part of their bowling team. Naseem was outstanding with the ball on his T20I debut. Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan, the spin team, did an excellent job against India. Some shuffling is needed in the batting department. Fakhar Zaman opens, with Mohammad Rizwan or Babar Azam moving to number 2. They are a stronger side, but it seems unlikely that they will make the move. Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah must be their best to get them good scores.

Hong Kong was expected to play the same XI as they did in the previous two qualifiers. Nizakat Khan, Yasim Murtaza and Babar Hayat form the first pair. Babar Hayat is number three, which has shown some good technique. The middle order includes Scott McKechnie, Zeeshan Al and Kinchit Shah. Ehsan Khan is in great form at bowling. Murtaza and Ayush Shukla have done very well.

Key Players

Babar Azam: The Pakistan skipper was dismissed for 10 against India but remains a key component of the batting unit. Babar is a great player at the top, although he has been criticised for his slow scoring. He has scored 2696 runs in international T20s from 75 matches, averaging 45 at a strike rate of close to 130. The elegant opening batter has one hundred and 26 fifties to his name at this level.

Naseem Shah: The 19yr old made his T20I debut in the last game against India and he was mighty impressive. The speedster bowled brilliantly with the new ball and in the end overs, picking 2 for 27 in his four overs. Prior to the Asia Cup, Naseem made his ODI debut in the series against the Netherlands and blasted them with his pace, snaring 10 scalps in three games. In his overall T20 career, Naseem has picked 46 wickets with a five-for and a four-for.

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How to Watch Pakistan vs Hong Kong

Teams Pakistan vs Hong Kong, Group A, 6th Match, Asia Cup Location Sharjah Cricket Stadium Time Friday, 2nd September, 7: 30 PM IST/2 PM GMT How to watch Star Sports Network/Disney+ Hotstar (Pakistan), SportsMax (Caribbean), Fox Sports & Channel 7 (Australia), Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand), SuperSport (Hong Kong), Willow TV (USA), Sky Sports Cricket (United Kingdom)

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